Sonny Angel Kewpie Dolls : “He May Bring You Happiness”
Japanese culture is incredibly appealing for its ability to always be fun and full of colour – think Hello Kitty and Sonny Angel, but they don’t always get it right…
One of the latest Japanese crazes to hit worldwide is the Sonny Angel! Although they have been around for 10 years now, they are still unknown to some people, and for those of you who have no idea who he is (shame on you) he is a cute boy angel wearing a headdress on his head. Born in 2004 and based on the traditional Kewpie Doll (Katsugan doll in Japan) these gorgeous and affordable collector dolls – prices start at £5.95 – are super cute and, at only 7.5cm -10cm tall and 3 cm wide, can fit perfectly in your hand, pocket, or handbag.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Sonny Angel Laduree Patisserie Series has been created with “Ladurée”, the renowned Parisian pâtisserie founded in 1862. There was a strong demand for the Pâtisserie Series and the long-awaited collection is finally here in collaboration with the world-famous Pastry Shop Ladurée. There are 12 lovely angels with Ladurée Signature, 6 are wearing the famous macarons, and 6 are with the beautiful pastries. In addition, there will be an entirely new secret version. These Sonny Angel are the most beautiful and sophisticated ever!
These are great to swap, play or collect and display on a little shelf in your room with other cute stuff! Which one is your favourite?
Now for the history…..(courtest of Wikipedia)
Kewpie is a brand of dolls and figurines that were initially conceived as comic strip characters by artist and writer Rose O’Neill. The illustrated cartoons, appearing as baby cupid characters, began to gain popularity after the publication of O’Neill’s comic strips in 1909, and O’Neill began to illustrate and sell paper doll versions of the Kewpies. The characters were first produced as bisque dolls in Waltershausen, Germany beginning in 1912, and became extremely popular in the early twentieth century.
The Kewpie dolls were initially made out of bisque exclusively, but composition versions were introduced in the 1920s and celluloid versions were manufactured in the following decades. In 1949, Effanbee created the first hard plastic versions of the dolls, and soft rubber and vinyl versions were produced by Cameo Co. and Jesco between the 1960s and 1990s.
The earlier bisque and composition versions of Kewpie dolls are widely sought-after by antique and doll collectors, who especially want those hand-signed by O’Neill. Kewpies should not be confused with the baby-like Billiken figures that debuted in 1908.
There are currently over 300 Sonny Angel dolls in the range, each as cute as the next with their tiny wings and hats – the festive range even come complete with adorable Christmas themed clothing applied and special editions and Limited editions are a collectors dream!
Sonny Angel figurines are available as individual blind boxes or in sets of 12. Sonny Angel dolls have achieved a cult following and, as such, they sell out quickly. See our selection and snap up your own Sonny Angel figurines now.
The Special Edition Christmas Series will be availble from our store early November….